PayPal lets the scammers scam, Mandarin becoming a Hilton, keep your eye on Wells Fargo and more

In this Frequent Miler week in review around the web, read about an option coming in Laqs Vegas that should enable you in the future to use Hilton free night certificates at a property that is currently still a Mandarin Oriental, why you might want to keep your eye on Wells Fargo this summer, and what to do to protect yoursefl against a common PayPal scam (because PayPal doesn’t appear to care much about scammers doing it). All that and more in this weekend’s recap.

Paypal knows and Paypal DGAF

Reselling can be a great way to earn miles. However, it isn’t without its risks. Unfortunately, scammers are constantly working out new methods of separating sellers from both their merchandise and their money. One popular scamming method is to wait it out until after the US Postal Service deletes your tracking information. This post from Miles per Dday makes it clear that PayPal is fully aware of the scam and isn’t very sympathetic towards those affected.


Why You Should Never Put Your Passport in Your Carry-on (Video)

Exactly the kind of silly mistake I would make — except that now it won’t happen to me since I’m familiar with what might happen. See this post from Travel & Leisure  for more.


Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria hits Las Vegas as Mandarin Oriental gets rebranded

Fans of Mandarin Oriental

In an exciting bit of news for Hilton enthusiasts (and especially those with free weekend night certificates), the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas is set to turn into a Waldorf Astoria. Spoiler alert: it isn’t yet bookable via Hilton and may even close for renovation before it is bookable via Hilton, but it looks like there will eventually be the ability to book what is currently a pretty well-regarded property using yur Hilton pionts and certificates. It’s even possible that it will end up being classified as a resort and therefore charges may trigger the annual $250 resort fee credit on the Amex Hilton Aspire card. Read more at Head for Points.


IHG and Radisson Won’t Honor Award Booking If Hotel Leaves Chain

We recently wrote about how the Radisson Martinique appears to be leaving the Radisson brand. In that post, I mentioned that when a property leaves a chain, existing reservations are often honored. As it turns out, that may not always be the case. In this post at Points Adventure, you’ll read about IHG failing to honor a reservation after a hotel left the chain – and the author notes a similar situation with Radisson. This would be especially frustrating if you had a stay booked for a peak travel period and the chain canceled it after most other options were booked up. I’m not sure how one could avoid this problem apart from hoping for the best, but it’s worth being aware in case you catch wind that one of your upcoming hotels intends to leave the chain.


[Rumor] Wells Fargo Propel Revamp Information

Wells Fargo’s rumored revamp on the Propel card is interesting not only for a decent return in bonus categories for a card with no annual fee — but perhaps even more so for what it will mean in terms of bonus category offerings on the premium versions of the card down the line. It might be worth keeping an eye on Wells Fargo when changes happen this summer, assuming the rumors are true. See this post at Doctor of Credit for more info.


That’s it for this week around the web. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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